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Herbs & Vegetables                                                                                                   into its separate cloves and plant them ten cms apart

                                                                                                                             with the tip of the clove just showing. The bulbs will
                                                                                                                             be ready in the autumn. They will not be as large as
                                                                                                                             autumn sown garlic but will be perfectly acceptable.
        The Finishing Touches                                                                                                Split a few bulbs straight away and plant the cloves.
                                                                                                                             You will now be in the garlic growing cycle. Just
                                                                                                                             picked garlic is wonderfully soft and juicy. The juice is
        Over the previous months we have planted the shrubby herbs and the perennials. These                                 slightly sticky, with a robust yet sweet garlic flavour.
        give structure to the herb garden. This month we finish the job with the annual herbs. You                           Dry bulbs in the sun until the stem is withered and
        can look forward to fresh herbs from Spring onwards.                                                                 then string them together. If kept in a dry, dark, cool
                                              If you have been following the plan over the last two months, you              place they will keep until your next crop is ready.
                                                                                                                             Check periodically that the bulbs are still firm. Discard
                                              should now have a good framework for the herb garden with your                 any that go soft.
                                              permanent shrubby herbs and the perennials established. Hopefully,
                                              you have some pockets of ground left to sow the annual herbs. All can          Coriander is a member of the carrot family, essential
                                                                                                                             in many Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian
                                              be grown from seed sown directly into the soil.
          A guide to                          All do best in well prepared, composted, well-drained, soil. Keep the soil     dishes. Sow the seeds   is the taste of
                                                                                                                             thickly, as you would
                                                                                                                             grass, and keep moist.  "Italian basil
            preparing
                                              damp until the seedlings are well established.
               sowing &
                                                                                                                             Sow in succession every
                                              Parsley is everyones favourite herb. It will thrive for two years or longer
                                                                                                                             month until June for a
                                              but is often treated as an annual. Some gardeners maintain that the
               harvesting
                                              flavour is best in the first year. There are two types of parsley, flat leafed
                                                                                                                             September. Get more
                                              and curly. Some say that flat leaf is tastier than curly but then curly is
                                                                                                                             value from your
                                              more decorative on the plate. Grow both and decide which you prefer.
                                                                                                                             coriander by using the
                                              Italian basil is the taste of summer. Slightly anise in flavour, it goes well   supply from May to       summer"
                                                                                                                             finely chopped stalks in
                                              with tomatoes, salads and in pesto. Italian basil is the broad-leafed kind.    cooking and the leaves in salads and as a garnish.
                                              Greek basil has a similar taste but has small leaves. Basil originated in
                                              Africa and came to the Mediterranean via the Middle East and Asia. It          In the right ground, Dill will grow to one metre in
                                              likes it hot so sow in full sun towards the end of March and keep the          height. It has attractive, feathery, foliage, very similar
                                              roots moist. Other types, such as Thai or Asian basil, have a more             to fennel to which it is related. The slightly tangy
                                              clove-like taste, small leaves, and are suitable for all Asian recipes.        leaves and stem are good with tomatoes, potatoes,
                                                                                                                             fish and eggs. Dill will self-seed so, with an annual
                                              Where would we be without garlic? Ideally, garlic cloves are planted in        top dressing of compost, will look after itself.
                                              the autumn. They develop a strong root system over the winter that then
                                              supports the rapid leaf growth needed to form large bulbs. Cultivated          Finally, Borage, but only if you have the space. This
        Sponsored                         If your business would like to sponsor our Gardening Page                          taste like cucumber, but its main value is its
                                                                                                                             is another herb that will self-seed. The hairy leaves
                                              bulbs are available in the autumn from garden centres. In spring though
                                              you will have to buy untreated bulbs from a market stall. Split the bulb
                                                                                                                             decorative, edible, flowers that are loved by bees
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                                                                                                                             (and chickens) and its efficacy as an accelerator on
                                                                                                                             the compost heap.
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